They’re full of rich, lemony flavour, they’re soft and creamy on the inside and lightly crispy and caramelized on the outside. I rarely claim a recipe is ‘the best’, but I really can’t imagine better Greek potatoes than these!
Potatoes done the Greek way are a mainstay of the average Greek kitchen. If you’ve never tried them, you truly are missing out.
Some of the best Greek dishes are cooked slowly, and these potatoes are no exception.
They take about an hour and a half to cook, but they are EASY. Simply cut potatoes into thick wedges, tip into a baking dish and pour over stock, olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. Bake for 45 minutes, stir well, then bake for another 45 minutes.
I think the only other recipe I’ve dared to call ‘the best’ was another potato recipe – cheesy roasted cauliflower mashed potatoes, if you’re interested. They’re a perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas side!
Generally I’m a bit afraid to claim that something is ‘the best’. But these potatoes… wow. I didn’t hesitate.
So what makes them so delicious? One secret is a common one used by the Greeks – olive oil, and lots of it. So don’t be shocked by how much oil is in this recipe. Remember you won’t be eating the whole pan by yourself. But I won’t judge you if you do. And anyway… HEALTHY FATS!
The next little secret is in the stock. Because the potatoes bake in some liquid, they are beautifully soft and creamy inside. But because you don’t completely cover the potatoes with liquid, they still end up quite crispy.
There’s also garlic and lemon juice, and we don’t hold back on these either. Just throw generous amounts of both in. Combined with a bit of salt, all this gives you a gorgeous umami flavour.
Besides these Greek potatoes being the tastiest potatoes you’ll ever eat, they go with so many things as a side. I often make them alongside Greek meatballs (recipe coming soon!), salad and Greek yogurt – just because I’m too lazy to make tzatziki!
I also find these potatoes can be casual or fancy. They’re easy to prepare on a busy weeknight, but they also make a fantastic side to serve to guests. Go on, get them on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table!
Oh, and rule number one – don’t forget to scrape the pan to get the super dark and crispy caramelized bits. Trust me, it’s criminal to leave those behind!
Here’s how easy these potatoes are to make…
Serves: 4 as a side
- 2 pounds / 1 kilo potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunky wedges (I used 5 medium potatoes)
- 6 large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 cup / 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
- ½ cup / 120ml olive oil
- juice of 1 medium to large lemon
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt / ½ teaspoon pepper
- parsley for sprinkling over at the end (completely optional)
- Grease a large baking dish or tray with olive oil and preheat the oven to 400F / 200C.
- Pour the potato wedges into the dish/tray in an even layer.
- Combine the garlic, stock, olive oil, lemon, oregano and salt and pepper. Stir well, then pour over the potatoes.
- Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Then stir well, turning all the potatoes and spooning over the liquid. Bake again for another 45 minutes or until the potatoes are well browned.
- Scatter with parsley (if using) and serve with some of the delicious juices. Don’t forget the burnt crispy bits on the bottom of the pan. Mmmm!